No kitty for you!

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New Zealand environmental advocate launches campaign to ban cats as pets

Fox News: Gareth Morgan has a simple dream: a New Zealand free of pet cats that threaten native birds. But the environmental advocate has triggered a claws-out backlash with his new anti-feline campaign.

Morgan called on his countrymen Tuesday to make their current cat their last  in order to save the nation’s unique bird species. He set up a website, called Cats To Go, depicting a tiny kitten with red devil’s horns. The opening line:  “That little ball of fluff you own is a natural born killer.”

He doesn’t recommended people euthanize their current cats — “Not  necessarily but that is an option are the site’s exact words — but rather  neuter them and not replace them when they die. Morgan, an economist and  well-known businessman, also suggests people keep cats indoors and that local governments make registration mandatory.

Morgan’s campaign is not sitting well in a country that boasts one of the  highest cat ownership rates in the world. “I say to Gareth Morgan, butt out of our lives,” Bob Kerridge, the president  of the Royal New Zealand Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, told  the current affairs television show Campbell Live. “Don’t deprive us of the  beautiful companionship that a cat can provide individually and as a family.”

For thousands of years, New Zealand’s native birds had no predators and  flourished. Some species, like the kiwi, became flightless. But the arrival of  mankind and its introduction of predators like cats, dogs and rodents has wiped  out some native bird species altogether and endangered many others.

“Imagine a New Zealand teeming with native wildlife, penguins on the beach,  kiwis roaming about in your garden,” Morgan writes on his website. “Imagine  hearing birdsong in our cities.”

But many New Zealanders are against the campaign. Even on Morgan’s website,  70 percent on Tuesday were voting against making their current cat their  last.

Morgan could not be reached on Tuesday.

And the science remains unclear. Some argue that cats may actually help native birds by reducing the population of rodents, which sometimes feed on bird eggs.

Morgan’s separate personal blog, in fact, has a separate campaign to raise $1  million to eradicate mice from the remote Antipodes Islands, where rodents are  the only predators.

A 2011 survey by the New Zealand Companion Animal Council found that 48  percent of households in New Zealand owned at least one cat, a significantly  higher rate than in other developed nations. The survey put the total cat  population at 1.4 million.

In the U.S., 33 percent of households own at least one cat for a total of 86  million domestic cats, according to a 2012 survey by the American Pet Products  Association.

Scientist David Winter said cats are indeed a problem in New Zealand, having  contributed to the extinction of at least half a dozen New Zealand bird species.  Writing on his blog “The Atavism,” Winter said Morgan’s campaign appeared  designed to “start conversations.”

Still, he added, “What hope is there for environmentalists in conversation where our side wants to take people’s kittens away?”

There is no conversation to be had if you try and take away my kitties (Baby, pictured above)! Silly man…

DCG

8 responses to “No kitty for you!

  1. And that’s why we call them EnvrioNazis. They’ll have to kill me first to take my beloved Gaby from me.

  2. I have just one question: is that man insane????

  3. This clown has way too much time on his hands . He needs to have a hobby , might I suggest watching paint dry !!!
    I’ve got two cats myself Tigger and Josie . There’s no way I’d do anything to hurt them just to save a songbird or two .

  4. “Scientist David Winter said cats are indeed a problem in New Zealand, having contributed to the extinction of at least half a dozen New Zealand bird species.” Well, I propose that humans also CONTRIBUTED to the extinction of the bird species and speculate humans are more to blame than cats.

  5. I note that he also wants to eradicate mice from the Antipodes Islands, which their very name suggests are extremely remote. I think those people who wish to give their cat[s] up should donate them to Gareth Morgan. He can then can ship them at his expense to the Antipodes, where they will live out their days free of predators while eliminating the mice he abhors. Is that enough of a win-win situation for you, Gareth? Failing that, perhaps he should seriously consider becoming a hermit there, after donating his millions to the New Zealand SPCA.

  6. Absurdity! I have had a cat in my life since I was itty bitty. I don’t think cats can be the only cause for a specific type bird facing extinction. O_o. I have taken care of several feral cats also. Cats can be beneficial since they can also keep rat or mouse populations from growing too large. Certain forms of natural population control can have some favorable outcomes. This does not mean I endorse population control in the sense of extinction, genocide, abortion, and so forth. Hopefully what I say is not offensive or taken out of context…

  7. ElectricCarsInstead!

    Yes, cats are killing SOME birds but humans have killed MOST OF THEM with pollutive habits. It is wrong to take away every New Zealander’s loving, little furry friend away from them, even their future ones.
    I’m from Australia, but I protest AGAINST this campaign.

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